Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

The Bertram and Judith Kohl Building

Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

The Bertram and Judith Kohl Building

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Oberlin College with The Krill Co., Inc.; also Westlake Reed Leskosky

Jury Comments

The jury said, "... the building was fantastic ... they did a beautiful job ... beautiful skin ... syncopated glazing very nice ... an elegant piece of architecture ... meeting the bridge completes the gesture ..."

Project Highlights

* The design objective was to create an acoustically isolated, technologically and environmentally advanced building, capitalizing on the creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit inside to create awareness of it on the outside.

* One challenge was the use of five different material types with dissimilar tolerances that were brought together in irregular geometric angles with multiple layers.

* Exterior walls reached up to 36 inches thick and interior walls 21 inches thick, and required isolating conduit from stud framing and double stud exterior walls to create proper sound barriers.

* The building's environmental model was designed to achieve all LEED Optimize Energy Performance credits with energy performance 40% better than the ASHRAE 90.1 baseline and a target of LEED Gold certification.

* The project's deployment of environmental systems to address unique demands of integrating acoustics, energy, and performance, establishes opportunities far beyond LEED criteria.

* Acoustic considerations were necessary to address requirements in the organization of spaces within the vertical open space, surrounded by the hard, sound-resonating surfaces of concrete, exposed steel and glass. …

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